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UAE: Life under theocracy…

March 27, 2013

…even visitors get shafted.

Australians travelling through Dubai have been warned they are at risk of fines or jail for cultural misdemeanours as simple as holding hands in public, swearing, harassing women with a prolonged stare or wearing inappropriate clothing.

”Just one person needs to take offence and to make a complaint and you can be in serious trouble and be held in custody for a long time if you challenge the charge,” said Radha Stirling, founder of the non-profit organisation Detained in Dubai, which helps people in legal difficulty in the United Arab Emirates.,,

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warns on its website that de facto relationships, homosexual relationships and acts of adultery and prostitution are subject to severe punishment.

”It is also against the law in the UAE to share the same hotel room with someone of the opposite sex to whom you are not married or closely related,” DFAT cautions. ”These laws apply to residents as well as visitors.”

SMH

Because not one person in a position of power in the UAE can ask the simple question “Why?” and expect a rational answer.

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